About The Lab

Our lab's research interests are largely driven by the same fundamental theme in science that has captivated researchers for generations—how and why species evolve. Our lab is interested in using genetic patterns to understand evolutionary processes associated with terrestrial biodiversity on our planet, largely focused on amphibians and reptiles. My program takes a broad, multifaceted approach to understanding biodiversity, including investigating the evolution of morphology and body-form, patterns of diversification, cryptic diversity, speciation in island archipelago systems, and emerging infectious amphibian diseases.

About Cameron Siler

Being directly associated with an internationally recognized natural history museum, my lab pursues many collection-based research efforts, with studies of macroevolutionary processes balanced with involvement in regional, national, and global collaborations in the broader fields of biodiversity research, education, and conservation. I welcome interdisciplinary research collaborations, and continue to develop a collaborative, international research program that integrates studies of bioinformatics, biodiversity, education, and conservation between U.S. and Southeast Asian institutions. I actively strive to involve undergraduate and graduate students in my research program, from laboratory-based research to involvement in international biodiversity expeditions.

Lab Members

Jessa Watters

Jessa is the collection manager of the amphibian and reptile collection at the Sam Noble Museum. She received her masters degree from the University of New Hampshire. She is actively involved in numerous education outreach programs and is working collaboratively on a number of research projects in our lab. Jessa has been at the Sam Noble Museum since 2009.

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Tamaki Yuri

Dr. Yuri is the split collection manager of the bird division and genetic resource facility at the Sam Noble Museum. She received her PhD at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include phylogenetics, population genetics, and trait evolution of bird species across North America. Tamaki has been at the Sam Noble Museum since 2008.

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Elyse Freitas

Elyse is coming to us from Villanova University where she received her masters degree with Dr. Todd Jackman and Dr. Aaron Bauer. She has experience working in Africa and is interested in pursuing studies that integrate the fields of genetics and functional morphology. She joined the Siler Lab in Fall 2014 as a Ph.D. student.

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Kai Wang

Kai joins the Siler Lab as a Masters Student in the Summer of 2015. He is a recent graduate from Washington State University with interests in taxonomy, phylogeography, and mechanisms of speciation of East and Southeast Asian herptiles.

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Joey Brown

Joey joins the Siler Lab as a master's student Fall 2016. Most recently, he was a herpetology zookeeper at the San Diego Zoo. He is interested in studying behavior and spatial ecology in iguanas and crocodilians.

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Sam Eliades

Sam joins the Siler Lab in Summer 2017 as a PhD student. He is interested in studying Malaysian Borneo herpetofauna, as impacted by palm oil production.

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Michelle Penrod

Michelle joined the Siler Lab as a FYRE student in Spring 2015 (First Year Research Experience). She is now an undergraduate research assistant working on microsatellites and begins her Honor's Research in 2016.

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Marie Labonte

Marie joined the Siler Lab as a FYRE student in Spring 2015 (First Year Research Experience). She is now an undergraduate research assistant working on microsatellites and begins her Honor's Research in 2016.

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Elyse Ellsworth

Elyse joined the Siler Lab in Summer 2015. She graduated OU with a major in Biology in Spring 2016, and plans to attend graduate school for herpetology. Elyse continues to work with the Siler Lab as a Collections/Research Assistant.

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Austin Carriere

Austin is a sophomore Biology major at OU who joined the Siler Lab in Fall 2016. His interests include snakes and photography.

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Tanner Ortery

Tanner joined the Siler Lab in Fall 2016 as a freshman biology major at OU. He is interested in conservation research.

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Sierra Smith

Sierra is a Junior Biology major at OU and joined the Siler Lab in Fall 2016. She is interested in conservation and wildlife biology.

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Sarah Swiston

Sarah joins the Siler Lab as an OU freshman FYRE participant in Winter 2017. She is interested in pursuing a career in genetics.

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Jenna McGrath

Jenna joined the Siler Lab in Winter 2017 as a collection Volunteer but transitions to a Field Assistant in Spring 2017. She is a senior Biology/pre-Dental major at OU.

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Isaac Wheeler

Isaac joined the Siler Lab in Summer 2017. He is a sophomore Biology major at OU.

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Ethan Kelley

Ethan joined the Siler Lab in Fall 2017, after taking Field Herpetology. He is a senior Biology and Biochemistry major at OU, seeking graduate school options in physiology and biochemistry.

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Lara Keddissi

Lara joins the Siler Lab in Fall 2017 as an Honors Thesis Student. She is a Biology Pre-Med junior.

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Lab Alumni

Dr. Marites Bonachita Sanguila

Fulbright Scholar & Visiting Researcher

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Brendan Heitz

Honors Thesis Student, Field Research Assistant, Volunteer

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Marie Nguyen

Volunteer

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Rachel Flanagan

Field Research Assistant, Volunteer

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Dylan Lindauer

Field Research Assistant, Volunteer

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Shelby McMillin

Honors Thesis Student, Volunteer

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Liza Marhanka

McNair Research Assistant, Volunteer

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Claire Winfrey

Field Research Assistant, Volunteer

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